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KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Andy Reid didn’t have to wait long to find a fresh start.
The longtime coach of the Eagles landed in Kansas City on Friday, signing a contract with the Chiefs just four days after he was fired by Philadelphia following 14 mostly successful seasons.
Reid’s contract is for five years, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. Reid also began to assemble his coaching staff, the person said on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public.
The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory news conference for Monday.
It’s expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert _ or perhaps both of them _ to work with him in the front office.
Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he’ll also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl this season, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.
“Overall the job is still attractive,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told the AP earlier this week. “The franchise remains very well respected.”
Hunt promised to be thorough and efficient in finding a replacement for Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday after one full season. The Chiefs interviewed Atlanta assistants Dirk Koetter and Keith Armstrong on Tuesday before flying to Philadelphia and meeting with Reid.
Nine hours of negotiations Wednesday went well enough that Reid called off interviews in Arizona and San Diego, and the two sides continued working out details Thursday.
Neither the Chiefs nor Reid issued a statement Friday _ the team posted a short video that mentioned the hiring _ but Eagles chief executive Jeffrey Lurie offered his “congratulations to Clark Hunt for hiring a good man and a good coach.”
“Congrats Big Red on taking your talents to KC,” former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb tweeted. “Big Red fans get ready to cheer on your new boss and new team from 2013 and on.”
Reid arrived in Kansas City aboard a chartered jet Friday afternoon and drove with Hunt and other Chiefs officials to Arrowhead Stadium. He later visited the team’s training complex while the final details on his contract were being worked out.
Reid will be getting a fresh start after enduring a difficult season on the field and away from it. His oldest son, Garrett, died during training camp after a battle with drug addiction, and then the Eagles _ expected to contend for a division title _ scuffled to a 4-12 finish.
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